Sunday, June 21, 2009

A surprise and a disappointment

Tasted by PBK, JH, ADJ

This friday we tried two bottles of two grapevarieatals which we rarely come across here at Grapejuices. Primitivo and Touriga Nacional. One was very succesfull the other a disappointment. 

From the very heel of Italy, in Lecce, is where the house Terragnolo produce their wines. .

Apololinio Primitivo 2003

Deep ruby red wine with a bouquet boisenberries, vanilia, minerality, oak – and after a little while a distinct note of fresh mint. The wine is very harmonious, in fine balance with a discrete tanin bite and with a aftertaste of peber. The wine is certainly ready to drink now, and its comparable low price for quality impressed us.  Bagsværd vinhandel 89 dkk/bottle.

88p - Buy

Quinta do Vallado is one of the succesful Douro boys, which has given the Douro wines a new face on the international market. One of their wines in made on the great grape Touriga Nacional, the backbone of Port.  Touriga is a low yielding and difficult grape but those who master this grape may make very complex and interesting wines.

Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional 2006

Dark red almost black with purple egdes. Bouquet of dark berries, Speices, some minerality and a significant tone of oak. The wine appear soft upon first first taste, but the wine also appear closed when tasted. This never really changed, and expectations were higher for this wine. 119dkk (norm 149dkk).

85P - Borderline

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